Exception to full time enrollment can be made if:

  • Your program requires you to be enrolled in clinical rotations.
  • Your program requires you to be enrolled an internship program.
  • Your program requires you to be enrolled in student teaching hours.
  • Your graduate program considers 6+ hours as full-time.
  • You are in your last semester and have no further classes to take.

 *Working full-time or being a parent will not merit exemption to full-time enrollment under any circumstances.

In section 4 of the application, the question is asked "Will you be participating in any program that will affect your full-time status during the Fall XXXX or Spring XXXX semester, such as clinical rotations, student teaching or an internship?".  If you answer "yes" to this question, you will need to send us a Letter from Advisor.

In cases where your program requirements prohibit full-time enrollment, we require a Letter from your Advisor. With proper documents Stars can make exceptions at 6+ hours (no less) and still provide the full award offer.

If you are in your last semester and have no further classes to take, we do not require a letter from your advisor, but it is required that you have applied for graduation with your school. If you are selected as a recipient, Stars will verify enrollment with your school and will ask for verification that you are in your last semester. This verification is made by checking if the applicant has applied for graduation.

If you are enrolled at a community college and will be enrolled part-time out of choice (not a program requirement), we can approve part-time enrollment, however you will only receive half of the award offer. It is not necessary that you notify us, we will make adjustments once we verify enrollment on the 12th day of class.

If you are at a university pursing a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree it is required you be enrolled full-time (9+ hours). If your program requires only 6+ hours enrollment, we will need you will need to request an exemption and need to send us a Letter from Advisor.  If you are not enrolled full-time at the time of verification and we do not have documents on file regarding enrollment in a special program, your scholarship offer will be withdrawn and can not be reinstated.

Exemptions are NOT guaranteed and will be approved on a case by case basis.

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